Originally Posted by Leena.
No, ESPN is not killing tennis in the U.S..
Simply, because they don't have to show as much tennis as they do. And if another channel bought it, there would be less hours shown... or if something like the Tennis Channel did, barely anyone would see it.
I agree that ESPN is alienating their fan base by only showing American players. But, that needs to change for the entire world. What does it matter what country a player is from? I don't care at all, and I don't know why others do.
Most true fans don't. But in terms of attracting the casual American fan, I don't think they're killing it. The way to attract that fan is by introducing them to someone like ANdy Roddick and Serena Williams and yelling in their face, "LOOK, THEY'RE AMERICAN!!! ROOT FOR THEM!! TUNE IN AND WATCH THEM!!!" And marketing them as much as possible, shoving them in front of cameras and in magazines and articles, putting them everywhere. By tuning into watch these players, more people will start noticing other players, like Federer, Moya, Safin...at least they're marketing someone. As long as tennis gets some attention in America, it's not horrible.
On a random note, I converted a gay guy to Moyaism.